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Deadwood: The Complete Series (DVD)
The Black Hills of South Dakota. Witness the birth of an American frontier town - and the ruthless power struggle between its just and unjust pioneers.]]>
Deadwood represents one of those periodic, wholesale reinventions of the Western that is as different from, say, Lonesome Dove as that miniseries is from Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo or the latter is from Anthony Mann's The Naked Spur. In many ways, HBO's Deadwood embraces the Western's unambiguous morality during the cinema's silent era through the 1930s while also blazing trails through a post-NYPD Blue, post-The West Wing television age exalting dense and customized dialogue. On top of that, Deadwood has managed an original look and texture for a familiar genre: gritty, chaotic, and surging with both dark and hopeful energy. Yet the show's creator, erstwhile NYPD Blue head writer David Milch, never ridicules or condescends to his more grasping, futile characters or overstates the virtues of his heroic ones.
Set in an ungoverned stretch of South Dakota soon after the 1876 Custer massacre, Deadwood concerns a lawless, evolving town attracting fortune-seekers, drifters, tyrants, and burned-out adventurers searching for a card game and a place to die. Others, particularly women trapped in prostitution, sundry do-gooders, and hangers-on have nowhere else to go. Into this pool of aspiration and nightmare arrive former Montana lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and his friend Sol Starr (John Hawkes), determined to open a lucrative hardware business. Over time, their paths cross with a weary but still formidable Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine) and his doting companion, the coarse angel Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert); an aristocratic, drug-addicted widow (Molly Parker) trying to salvage a gold mining claim; and a despondent hooker (Paula Malcomson) who cares, briefly, for an orphaned girl. Casting a giant shadow over all is a blood-soaked king, Gem Saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), possibly the best, most complex, and mesmerizing villain seen on TV in years. Each of these characters, and many others, will forge alliances and feuds, cope with disasters (such as smallpox), and move--almost invisibly but inexorably--toward some semblance of order and common cause. Making it all worthwhile is Milch's masterful dialogue--often profane, sometimes courtly and civilized, never perfunctory--and the brilliant acting of the aforementioned performers plus others. --Tom Keogh
I had great expectations of this series, the historical characters and the overall story was just irresistible. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mario A. Herrera
Unsatisfying, by and large, for me. I watched it because there wasn't anything else I was interested in, at the time, and because I'm an Olyphant fan from "Justified. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Austin reader
A story about an illegal town on Indian land in the old West. It is earthy, gritty, with enough swearing to offend the crustiest of people, and fights and murders to keep you up at... Read morePublished 15 days ago by J. Criddle
I'm no pu**y when it come to go**amned, motherf****ing language you c*cksuc*ers, but this series was totally ridiculous in that department. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob S
the complete series are well filmed but if you are faint of heart don't buy it is crude dirty and uncensoredPublished 1 month ago by Eduardo Banzhaf
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|does box set have ending included?||
No "ending" was ever made, nor will it be made. I have a love/hate relationship with the show for that reason. It's probably the best thing I've ever seen on television but it is so disappointing that there was no wrap-up to the series.
Jan 7, 2011 by ZingerKat | See all 2 posts
|Why was Deadwood cancelled? It was such a good show!||
I guess I totally missed season 4 and 5. There were only 3 seasons of Deadwood
Feb 3, 2010 by Jeffrey Bollinger | See all 27 posts
|Does this set scratch the DVD's||
Yes, it's that type of box set (that makes it extremely difficult for the user not to scratch the sides of the disks when removing them). The sleeves are rounded (side/bottom) and so tightly flat you cannot buckle them. When you slide a disk out it scrapes against the side(s). What I did... Read More
Jun 18, 2010 by T. Borras | See all 3 posts
|Under $75 for the whole series||
Unfortunately for me, I bought it from Amazon on Dec. 20th at $102.99 thinking THEN that was the best price I had ever seen!
75 bucks is a steal.
Dec 25, 2008 by C. Keller | See all 10 posts
|Justified on FX with Timothy Olphant(Bullock)||
Justified is a good show, a bit clichéd, but enjoyable none the less.
Jul 9, 2010 by FM | See all 6 posts
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